How Monkeys Make Chocolate: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Rain Forest – by Adrian Forsyth

Interest Level: Grade 6 – Grade 8                            

Grade Level Equivalent: 5.9

Lexile® measure: 1120L

Genre/Theme: Nonfiction

I have personally reviewed many books on the rainforest in attempt to find one that is both engaging for students and curriculum appropriate. After many bland reviews of books made by the large textbook companies, coming across “How Monkeys Make Chocolate” is a true breath of fresh air. “How Monkey’s Make Chocolate” by Adrian Forsyth is a personal account of a scientist that you and your children/ students will find extremely engaging and informative.

The book is filled with an abundance of interesting facts on the ways monkeys make chocolate, chimpanzees make cola drinks, parakeets make coffee, bats make vanilla, adaptation, habitat… Even more importantly, the author uses personal stories to bring to life not only life of animals, plants, and people, but the large role that the rainforest plays in being a home to thousands of unique and special plants that don’t grow anywhere else in the world, yet provide us not only with food, but with very needed medicine that cure cancer and other serious illnesses.

Be it a great read, classroom material, or a great non-fiction for enrichment, you’ll notice increased engagement and learning.

Happy Reading! 

For the “Rain Forest” lesson plan go to:


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